I'm a little puzzled by this topic, so I thought I'd start a discussion and try to gather as many thoughts as possible on the subject.
The DIs Best Practice guide specifically states:
http://www.thedeerinitiative.co.uk/u...guides/159.pdf"It is recommended that lymph nodes are not cut during inspection."
Compare that to the situation with red meat inspection where it is a requirement that in cattle the retropharyngeal, bronchial and mediastinal lymph nodes MUST be incised. In the FSA Manual for Official Controls the various lymph nodes for deer have the instruction to incise in brackets - suggesting "where necessary". I have attached a couple of screen-shots from the guide, but the whole (riveting) document can be found here:
I hold my DSC 1 and can find no advice either way in the BDS manual I have (November 2010).
The only reference I can find as to why it may not be a good idea is David Stretton's level 2 manual where he states:
[*in cattle various organs must be incised during the meat inspection, notably the heart, liver, trachea and lungs - I'll set that aside as an issue for now, but happy to throw that into the ring too!]"Early guides on carcase inspection advised that all organs* and lymph nodes were incised to check the condition. Later veterinary advice is that if a gland looks abnormal the last thing to do is incise it and liberate infected material to spread contamination plus the danger of cutting yourself with a knife which has just cut an infected gland."
My view as a vet is that we are performing the carcase inspection in the place of the meat inspector - with the hope that we can identify ANY problems (disease or otherwise) that may be affecting the carcase. My concern is not that we are potentially spreading infection, but possibly missing early signs of notifiable disease (small TB abscesses in LNs) or missing more subtle signs of disease (eg liver fluke, endocarditis etc etc).
If you have a deer carcase riddled with tuberculosis, incising into a lymph node isn't going to make matters worse! I don't buy the 'you might cut yourself' argument. 10's of thousands of cattle that have reacted to TB tests go through the meat inspection process every year [having their lymph nodes incised] and I am unaware of a single abattoir worker who has contracted TB this way. The risk to the stalker from an infected deer from a single gralloch is minuscule.
In a way it is a disservice that you can qualify as a 'trained hunter' and certify an animal fit to enter the food chain having never seen a lymph node in your life!
What are people's thoughts, and what are people doing out there? How would a DSC 2 AW feel if the candidate insisted on incising the lymph nodes, apparently, in contravention of 'Best Practice'.